8 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire 

8 things to know this week in Meriden, Wallingford, Southington and Cheshire 

Things to know this week include Wallingford Community Day on Saturday, a vote on additional funding for the Meriden golf course banquet facility and an organizational meeting to fund middle school sports in Southington.

Meanwhile, art and astronomy events are planned at the Cheshire Public Library on Tuesday and Thursday.

Check out the complete list of eight things to know this week.

1.Middle school sports funding in Southington

Mike DeFeo, president of the Southington Middle School Athletic Association

The Southington Middle Schools Athletics Association is meeting Wednesday and hoping to attract more volunteers and board members. The group was formed two years ago after the Board of Education cut $120,000 from the middle school sports program. With the introduction of an activity fee and fundraising, middle school sports were able to continue.

The association runs fundraisers and is looking to raise about $40,000 per year to pay for sports at Kennedy and Depaolo middle schools. The group meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the municipal center.

2.Meriden council to vote on banquet facility

The City Council will vote Monday on whether to spend an additional $124,999 on a proposed banquet facility at Hunter Golf Course. The council earlier this year approved $875,000 for the project, however, the city did not like the appearance of the facility it would get for that price, so it is looking to increase the project’s budget to just under $1 million. 

3.‘Our Town’ production, Wallingford Jubilee 350

The Wallingford Town Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. The agenda includes a request by the Wallingford Community Theatre to use the Town Council chambers  for a production of “Our Town” Nov. 13-25 in conjunction with the town’s 350th anniversary celebration.

4.Starry skies at Cheshire library

The Cheshire Public Library will host two events with the night sky in mind. Registrations are fully booked for a star-themed event on Thursday — “Starry Night” by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh — at the Library. Participants will be encouraged to create their own art in van Gogh’s style. 

There are still seats available for aspiring astronomers who would like to explore the formation of stars in the night sky. Kristine Larsen, a Central Connecticut State University astronomy professor will lead the event on Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to the library, expensive telescopes are not required for beginning explorers. All one needs to begin exploring is a pair of binoculars. Those would like to attend may register online, through the Cheshire Public Library website, or by calling the library at 203-272-2245.

5.New businesses before Southington PZC

The Planning and Zoning Commission is scheduled to meet Tuesday about new businesses that may be opening in Southington and expansions to existing ones.

The commission’s agenda includes a dog grooming salon on North Main Street and a truck washing station on South Main Street.

New Hope Clinic on Canal Street is looking to add grooming services to its veterinary care. Target on West Street is also seeking approval for work that’ll allow drive-up shopping services, a feature rolling out in Targets nationwide. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the John Weichsel Municipal Center.

6.Cheshire farmers’ market

The farmers’ market hosted by the Parks and Recreation Department will continue this Thursday.

The market, featuring locally harvested vegetables and fruit, will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Harmon Leonard Jr. Youth Center Parking lot, at 559 S. Main St. 

7.Wallingford Community Day

Wallingford Community Day will be held Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and features booths, a Mariachi band, canoe rides, games and more at Community Lake Park. The event is free but guests are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to help support Master's Manna. 

8.Back to School Expo in Meriden

The local firefighters’ union will host the 16th annual Back to School Expo Tuesday at the Meriden Green from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  About 1,000 backpacks full of school supplies will be given out to students in need. Students must be accompanied by an guardian to receive a backpack. Families can register the day of the event. No income or residency requirement to receive a backpack.